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Library Corner column: Library offers up something for all ages

When people find out I'm involved with the Bemidji Public Library, they often mention to me how much they like to read but no longer have time to do so—that they used to use the library a lot more when they were younger, or that they bring their kids there in the summer.

There is often a sense of nostalgia about the library and its services, which is not a bad thing. It's good to have fond memories and warm fuzzies about a particular place. However, whenever I hear these statements, I like to try to work in somehow that the library is still alive and kicking.

Cyndi Fenske

I have found that most people do not know about the "newer" services libraries offer that can make an impact on their lives. I'm talking about eBooks and eAudio Books that are easy to use and take with them wherever their busy lives go. Books they can listen to in their cars as they are dropping and picking up their children or making the all-American road trip out West. Books that can be read on their smartphones when they are waiting just as easily as scrolling through social media posts. Books that can be checked out wherever they are, and returned even easier—without any late fees.

Almost everyone my age uses online streaming services to watch their favorite programs. We are soon forgetting what a physical video looks like and certainly have no idea where to get one without buying it outright! One of the most popular collections at the Bemidji Public Library is the DVD/Blu-Ray media section. You would be surprised at what the library has to offer for selection—old and new films as well as television series—and since libraries aim to please their patrons, special requests are seriously considered. Looking to catch up on the newest premium cable show? I bet the library has it! It really is that easy.

Of course, there are also the wonderful programs the library offers each month for all ages including the following events.

There will be two book clubs meeting in August. The Adult Book Club meets at noon, Monday, Aug. 14 in the Front Meeting Room. The book up for discussion this month is "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi. The Library's Young Adult Book Club (for anyone who is interested in discussing YA books) meets at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15, also in the Front Meeting Room. The book up for discussion is "The Iron King" by Julie Kagawa. New faces are always welcome at both of these discussions.

There will be a Family Movie Night at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 10. Come watch a movie where a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's treasure in order to save their home from foreclosure. This film is rated PG.

The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) will be at the library at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21. Sign-up and a signed permission form from a parent or legal guardian is required to guarantee a child a 15-minute time slot. This unique program gives children an opportunity to enhance their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs.

Storytime is offered for preschoolers and their families every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Area. This program consists of two to three stories followed by a short craft. August's Storytime themes include: "Boy & Bot," "Mrs. Wishy-Washy," "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More," "Don't Forget the Bacon!" and "Clues to the Jobs People."

Libraries are not just for children or a part of your past. If you're reading this, you probably already agree with me. The programs and services that are offered today are just as relevant as they ever were.

Cyndi Fenske volunteers to write this column for the Bemidji Public Library.